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Warrant: Gladewater man shot in back after getting in fight at Longview club

By Meredith Shamburger
Feb. 16, 2017 at 11:46 p.m.

Kyron Delyn Adams (Gregg County Jail photo)

A Gladewater man killed earlier this month at an East Marshall Avenue club was shot in the back as he ran away after a fight, according to an arrest warrant.

A witness told police that Kyron Delyn Adams, 38, fought with and then chased Thomas Lynn Harper, 34, around the J's Place building just before the shooting.

Harper's death Feb. 4 was the first of the city's four homicides this year.

Adams is being held in the Gregg County Jail on $600,000 bond, charged with murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Longview police were called about 1:15 a.m. Feb. 4 to J's Place in the 1300 block of East Marshall Avenue for a reported shooting. Harper's body was found in a grassy area at the back of the club and close to the Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge on Alpine Road.

Harper and another man had walked outside the club to fight, the warrant said. Harper punched the man and knocked him out, after which Adams stepped in and started throwing punches.

In the middle of the fight, the witness told police that Adams stopped, ran to a car and grabbed a gun.

The witness "observed Adams chasing Harper and pointing the handgun in Harper's direction. Harper ran away from Adams around the corner of the building of J's Place," the warrant said.

A third man ran after Adams, but the witness did not see anything in his hands.

After the three men had run around the corner of the building, the witness told police he heard three gunshots: a single shot followed by a pause and then two more shots.

The witness saw Adams and the third man emerge from the back of the building, get into a car and drive away, the warrant said. The club's owner found Harper's body after the witness told him about the shooting.

The witness identified Adams as the shooter after viewing a police photo line-up, the warrant said.

An autopsy found two wounds on Harper's body: an entry wound in the middle of his back and an exit wound in his upper chest, the warrant said.

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